Wallis Family Estate 2014 SERAPHIM Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley
270 Cases Produced, Aged 20 Months French Oak, 14.8% Alc.
“One of the most unique features of this vineyard is the cut-through between the two distinct portions of the property. You carefully walk down a precipitously steep wooded trail and cross a narrow, rocky creek before making your way back up the steep hillside opposite and up into the exposed sunny vineyard. Down by the creek you experience all the qualities that make Diamond Mountain so unique: redwoods, mossy rocks, and loamy soils. It’s always nice to pause and take in the quiet magnitude of such a special part of the world.
The 2014 vintage was the third growing season in a row that was ideal for wine grape growing. Temperatures remained even and consistent throughout the year and our pick decision was not forced by inclement weather, allowing the fruit to realize full maturity of flavors and complexity well into October.
This wine has a deep purple, opaque hue in the glass. Classic Diamond Mountain aromatic notes of toasted cedar bark, cassis, violet, and nutmeg are densely layered. The mouth feel is framed by a velvety set of tannins with notes of bramble, fresh loam, black currant, mint and ends with an expansive smoky finish that lingers for some time.” Thomas Brown, January 2017
“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim is deep, powerful and explosive, with plenty of dark cherry, plum, mocha and espresso notes. Dark, sumptuous and layered, the 2014 possesses terrific overall balance. Dark stone fruit, chocolate, torrefaction and spice round out this expressive Diamond Mountain Cabernet.” Antonio Galloni, 90-93 Points Awarded, December 2016
“Loads of dark blueberry and blackberry fruit, spring flowers, moderate tannin and a big framework characterize this mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim is not that expressive and seems to be holding back, but there are plenty of raw materials here and the wine should evolve well for 15-20 years. Give it another 3-4 years bottle age and then begin consumption.” Robert Parker, December 2016